November 21st, 2009
01:01 PM ET
12 years ago

UPDATE: Landrieu says she'll back health bill debate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said Saturday she has decided to support a floor debate on the Senate's health care reform bill.

But she added a caveat on the floor of the Senate: "My vote today to move forward on this important debate should in no way be construed by the supporters of this current framework as an indication of how I might vote as this debate comes to an end.

HAPPENING NOW: Click her to watch the debate live

"It is a vote to move forward to continue the good and essential and important and imperative work that is under way."

Sixty votes are needed to move the controversial bill to the floor for discussion. The legislative body is expected to vote Saturday night. The only senator who has not publicly announced how she will vote on the debate question is Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

–CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.

Filed under: Health care
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. John NY Independent

    Lousiana getting freebies is just another key reason this bill SUCKS!!!
    VOTE NO on HEALTH CARE until a realistic solution is found.

    November 21, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    $100,000,000 million dollar "yes" vote!

    November 21, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. sos

    If a Corporation pays 100 million dollars to a politician to get certain legislation that benefits them financially it is considered a crime. But if the head of the Senate, Harry Reid, pays 100 million dollars to Mary Landrieu for the financial benefit of her State to buy her vote, it is considered 'business as usual'. Why? Because it is business as usual and we allow it to happen. Stop the graft in Congress!

    November 21, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    Sen. Mary Landrieu is Absolutely Right, place the Health bill on the Senate floor for debate.

    If the Republican Party of NO, is able to obstruct passage of the National Health Bill, then voters next year can toss more Republicans out of public office.

    Democratic Senators should not bend over nor erase any gains for meaningful health care insurance adjustment to satisfy a single Republican Health Insurance puppet.

    Vote up or down, if it doesn't pass then more seriously target the Republican Party candidates in the next elections.

    November 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Toby in Florida

    100 Million buys persuasion, Right????

    November 21, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. annie s

    Thank you. This bill deserves an up and down vote – and deserves passage.

    November 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. teflon warrior

    Everyone has their price, $100M for you, bankrupcy for the USA. Sounds like a good deal to me!

    November 21, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Burns NH

    The senator from the city that lives under the water is deluded in mind and is going to play all this bull sh-t for all that it is worth for the
    wrong reasons. Her ploy to put her private interests above the good
    of this country.

    November 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    At least she's doing something right. I'll never forget Anderson Cooper's interview with her after Katrina. The woman is clueless, yet she won again. Maybe we need to stop voting in people we know are not only clueless, but who don't actually care about us. This woman has been the benefactor of government health care since she was a little girl, yet she doesn't believe the rest of us actually should be. What's that all about?

    November 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Landrieu was bought off for $100 million.....

    but it won't help in the end......socialized medicine will not fly in the U.S.....
    Obamacare will fall apart in the end.....

    Obama is ONE and DONE. Start the drumbeat.

    November 21, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Beverly in NC

    Thank you Senator Landrieu!! We are depending on your vote to help all Americans get access to healthcare and stop the abuses of the insurance companies.

    Your state knows how insurance companies treat people when they need help after paying years of premiums. After Katrina, insurance companies deserted or cheated their clients and Louisiana had to file a class action suit to force the insurance companies to pay clients what they were due.

    This healthcare bill will finally force the insurance companies to compete for our business, quit abusing us, lower prices and stop them from interfering with our doctor's treatment recommendations for us. This a bill for PEOPLE and a huge success in putting the gred-based insurance slimeballs in their place.

    Republicans want no reform for Americans and are saying and doing anything to stop it. They are up to their usual lies and fear-mongering but we know these insurance company bribe-takers are only obstructionists and care about no one but themselves and other rich white people.

    President Obama and the Democrats are the Party of the People and will deliver the healthcare reform we all desperately need. They listen to us, care about the issues in our lives, and are working to fix healthcare, give us more jobs and clean up the monster mess the Republicans created.

    Let's see those 60 votes tonight!!!!

    November 21, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. voter

    what annoys me about landreui is how she can acknowledge there is a healthcare crisis, but prefers to wait for the private sector to do the right thing. If they don't, then a trigger can occur. How much longer does she anticipate the uninsure to wait? The health insurance industry has not changed at all. In fact, the prices has increased. They have not decreased the price and I don't anticipate they will do the right thing. Why would they when they have 30% profits? The public option will force their hand to decrease prices in order to stay competitive. They won't listen any other way.

    November 21, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Burns NH

    The bill to kill America and all it stands for--the bill that breaks the
    bank for all the lives in this great nation– and all of those thru-out this
    world who will be put on the auction block and loose their freedoms
    as this administration is commiting Americans to. " the new world of
    chaos for sake of an order that will enslave the populace of the en-
    ire world,ultumatley. Just kidding, they just want to enslave us all, how
    bad can that be?

    November 21, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. ComradeObummer

    Well, she'll be replaced in the next election then.

    November 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Josh

    Health Care Reform coming soon thanks to President Barack Obama! How will the republican thugs react? They contributed nothing to the plan and only slowed it down. I hope America realizes this.

    November 21, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. getting closer

    even if you get it here, it will still need 60 to close

    November 21, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Pa Santigie

    I think they take these Senators take themselves too seriously, how can you seriously consider to block a vote to hold a debate to a vot about something we all agrre needs to be fixed.
    when someone that cares to do something a desperater situation wants to, all the mean, greedy, and selfish ones hav eobjections. This is not a debate about cost and spending, it is about good v. evil and mean v. caring and greedy v. selfless. They can afford to be mean since all their welfare is being paid for by the tax payers...

    November 21, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Big Daddy

    Great..We are one step closer to helping are people..Thats the way it should be..Feed the hungry,cloth the poor,and take care of the sick..
    We should all live by those words..Who said that anyway ??

    November 21, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Albo58

    As predicted, Sen. Mary Landrieu rolled over like the Lusitannia, with bribe in hand...what a complete party hack!

    November 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. WrongKindofChange

    Of course she'll back it. The democrats added a clause in the bill to give Louisiana 100 million. They bought her vote.

    Where's the transparency and change we were promised? Looks like the same corrupt politics we've come to expect from the democrats. They don't represent the people that voted them in...just what's good for their party.

    November 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. valwayne

    What a suprise! A corrupt politician, from a corrupt state...although being cleaned up by Gov Jindal, acting like she's agonizing over the Healthcare bill just before she votes for the corrupt bill. Kind of like I voted for it so I could vote against it later type of deal? Corrupt politicians always play this corrupt game of razzle dazzle. The good Senator is hoping that the people of LA won't even know how she's voted by the time this is over. Folks she's voting for the corrupt bill today that will plunge us 3-5 TRILLION in additional debt over 10 years, gut medicare, and lead to rationed health care, and raise UNEMPLOYMENT to 15-20%. Remember that!!!!!

    November 21, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Burns NH

    There is no good debate when the people are are not part of the vote
    and part of the process. This congress does not have the will of the people in mind for an enduring free society. We will not allow a Gov.
    to put us all under thier thimb. This process is
    in violition of the constitution and must not be allowed! "we the people
    have not given up that right. Take notice those of you that have sworn an oath to this nation to uphold the consitution,do the right thing, be
    for what this nation gave our lives,blood,personal fortunes, to ensure
    a free and enduring nation for us all.

    November 21, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Biased

    And it only cost the taxpayer, thanks to Reid 100million dollars to buy her Louisiana vote. As others have said, if she expects to make any amendments to what she doesn't like she is out of luck because it takes 60 votes there as well. I guess everyone should thank her for taking 100 million rather than holding out for more.

    November 21, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. whaley41

    Chicago pay-to-play has come to the senate again. Her state will get extra 100 million if she votes yes. Just imagine if this was tried with a Republican. The MSN and liberals would be messing in their pants!!!

    November 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. LacrosseDad

    now Dirty Harry is about to bribe all the bought and paid for Democraps while America is taken over by socialism. At least the democraps are honest about selling out.

    November 21, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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